The 100 Best Texas Songs: The Complete List

85. Woodeye, "The Fray"
Few outside Fort Worth heard this cow-punk quartet, which contributed a guitarist and drummer to Hayes Carll's band. Frontman Carey Wolff's songs have been known to reduce strong men to public tears, rendering the seamy side of romance with a novelist's eye for resonant detail. - Ken Shimamoto

84. Meat Loaf, "I Would Do Anything For Love"
There were three very important cassette tapes in my collection when I was a kid: Vanilla Ice, "Ice Ice Baby"; Garth Brooks, In Pieces; and Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell II. When my parents were out, I used to jam the tape in the player, wheel the volume to crackling levels and absolutely lose it. We're talking leg-kicking with untied tennis shoes, fist-to-sky rock dancing. - Nick Rallo

83. The Telefones, "Rocket Rocket"
Brothers Jerry and Chris Dirkx were the leaders of The Telefones, and "Rocket Rocket" came off the Dallas group's 1980 debut, Vibration Change. Another important track from that album was "The Ballad of Jerry Godzilla," but "Rocket Rocket" was the song that always kept me coming back to the album and the band. - Darryl Smyers

82. The Hugh Beaumont Experience, "Eric's on Thorazine"
Way back in 1980 in Fort Worth, Brad Stiles and some other disaffected teens (including future Butthole Surfers drummer King Coffey) were making an awful punk rock racket under the banner of the Hugh Beaumont Experience. Supposedly written about Dead Kennedys frontman Eric Reed Boucher (aka Jello Biafra), "Eric's on Thorazine" was just one of the many wonderful gems found on Virgin Killers, a belated full-length released in 1993. - Darryl Smyers

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Kashmere Stage Band
81. Kashmere Stage Band, "Do You Dig It, Man"
Conrad O. Johnson's band of students from Houston's Kashmere High School had several iterations, but his soulful arrangements never strayed from the Otis Redding sound that inspired him, and continues to inspire hip-hop producers and DJs. For more on their tale and Johnson's inspiring story, see Kashmere's reunion documentary, Texas Thunder Soul, narrated by another Texas son, Jamie Foxx. - Deb Doing Dallas

80. Butthole Surfers, "Sweat Loaf"
Only The Butthole Surfers could rip off Black Sabbath and somehow make it sound better. - Audra Schroeder


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kategorical
kategorical

No Bowling for Soup???? "Come back to Texas", "Girl all the Bad guys Want"

lizbuddie
lizbuddie

You should have made a playlist. Duh.

brian.martin
brian.martin

Holy shit! Great list methinks, Townes and the Duct Tape Messiah are on it, I think Marie should be top 10 though..Still a good list.

medlint
medlint

I don't think some of these selectees are from Texas . . .

michaelschaefer
michaelschaefer

Jerry Jeff didn't write L.A. Freeway-his friend Guy Clark did.


Brenda Barrett Van Sickle
Brenda Barrett Van Sickle

Perhaps if you'd explain what criteria was used to pick this hodge podge while overlooking so many talented Texans.

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

Seriously, Dallas, just secede to Oklahoma or Seattle and be done with it. This list is a huge ball of confusion. One example: "All Just To Get To You" is the one Joe Ely song. LMAO. Incredible. Beyond incredible. And even here in Houston we wouldn't rate "Tighten Up" over several of Willie's titles, especially "Night Life." The George Jones song is "Cup of Loneliness"?? WTF? No "Two Steps From the Blues," no "Pack Fair and Square," no "White Lightnin'," no "Race Is On," no "I'll Walk Alone" or "Singin' the Blues" by Marty Robbins? Jeez. Nice try, but not even close with this list. .

collazo.kim
collazo.kim

"the version sung on horseback by Olive Oyl, siren of the cartoon world, that rattles around in my head."

I remember this but I can't find which EP of Popeye this was. Can anyone help

lemonbrigade
lemonbrigade

Oh, and no Leadbelly? Like "the Greatest Blues Musician of All Time" Leadbelly?

lemonbrigade
lemonbrigade

Ok, the whole list is invalidated by lacking what should be the #1 song: Bobby Fuller Four's version of "I Fought The Law." And "Let Her Dance" by them is another of the very best songs of all time.

 

And while "In Dreams" is inarguably one of Orbison's greatest, if he's going on here you must include "Crying" and probably several more.

 

"It's Funky Enough" by D.O.C. is classic, but his "Portrait of A Masterpiece" may be my favorite rap track ever, in the entire history of rap.

 

And although he is represented, I'd put "Silver Ships of Andilar" by Townes Van Zandt in my top all-time Texas tracks as well.

Drewski
Drewski

No, Toadies, no Hagfish, no Burden Brothers, no Radiant, No Rev. Horton Heat, no New Bohemians and SRV, Pantera only get one song each? If this was a Spinal Tap record review, I'd have to say "Shit Sandwich."

ericl777
ericl777

The lack of the Reverend Horton Heat makes the list null and void.  I agree with many of your choices, but leaving RHH off the list means you didn't do your research.  

michaelcrabtree78745
michaelcrabtree78745

at the drive - one armed scissor? quite possibly one of the worst songs ever recorded. doesn't belong on any list or acknowledgement of any kind. your list just lost all legitimacy. 

sanderw
sanderw

so Tum Tum makes the list but Edie Brickell and New Bohemians doesn't?

IgnatiusJ
IgnatiusJ

"Remember when Scratch Acid had a violin in one of their songs?"  NO.  Remember when it used to be cool to affect the most contrived eccentricity in portraying a music enthusiast?

A.g. Zolli
A.g. Zolli

Nice to see Tripping Daisy get some love.

brian.martin
brian.martin

Flying shoes should have made the list too..

deford39
deford39

I am completely astounded that Steven Fromholz's "Texas Trilogy" wasn't at the top of the list... You people screwed up royally... Bunch of damned Yankee transplants!

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